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General Motors to establish a new military defence division



According to reports in Automotive News this week, General Motors is planning to establish a new defence industry unit as it seeks to grow it business with the US military.

The plans mark a return to defence for the automaker following the sale of a previous defence unit to General Dynamics Corp. for $1.1 billion in 2003.

General Motors currently provides powertrain components to the US military, but with the establishment of this new unit is seeking to expand the range of products it can offer to the defence industry. One of the most interesting developments is a range of hydrogen fuel cell platforms dubbed ‘SURUS’.
A rendering of GM's new SURUS platform with a truck chassis
A rendering of the SURUS platform with a truck chassis (Image via GM).

In a press release, General Motors, revealed that it was in discussions with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center about the Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) platform.

General Motors describe the SURUS platform as “leveraging GM’s newest Hydrotec fuel cell system, autonomous capability and truck chassis components to deliver high-performance, zero-emission propulsion to minimize logistical burdens and reduce human exposure to harm. Benefits include quiet and odor-free operation, off-road mobility, field configuration, instantaneous high torque, exportable power generation, water generation and quick refuelling times.”

As General Motors’s defence division becomes established within the defence space, expect more about the SURUS platform (and other products) to be revealed.

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It is excellent venture of General Motors
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